Coconut Granola Bars

We are addicted to homemade granola bars in our house. I’m always experimenting and trying new recipes and adaptatations (although I think Mike would be happy with chewy granola bars every day for the next 15 years). That’s one of the great thing about granola bars…they’re really hard to ruin. I tend to start with a basic recipe and throw in whatever I have in the cupboard that I think would be good.

That’s pretty much what I did with this recipe. I started with a basic granola bar recipe I found on tasty kitchen and used whatever add-ins I had in the cupboard (chocolate chips, dried fruit, m&m’s, etc). I’ve also been wanting to experiment with coconut oil that I won from a blog contest, so I decided to replace the canola oil with coconut oil and turn these into coconut granola bars. At that point, it seemed to make sense to throw in some shredded coconut, and since Mike loves the taste of the peanut butter in the chewy granola bars, I added in some coconut peanut butter (won from the same blog contest) at the last minute.  But don’t worry if you don’t have some of these ingredients. While I love the coconutty flavor of these, I bet they’d be just as good with canola oil, dried fruit, and regular peanut butter instead.

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Coconut Granola Bars

Ingredients:

2 cups Rolled Oats
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cups Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cups Brown Sugar
1/2 cups Wheat Germ
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
½ teaspoons Salt
1 whole Egg Beaten
½ cups Honey
½ cups Coconut Oil
1/4-1/2 cup coconut peanut butter (I eyeballed it)
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix together the wet ingredients. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and mix well. Pat the mixture into the pan.

Bake for about 15 minutes for chewy granola bars (or a little longer for crunchy granola bars). Remove from the oven and let cool for a couple of minutes then slice into bars. Finish cooling completely before removing from the pan or they will break apart.

adapted from Buns In My Oven

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18 Responses to “Coconut Granola Bars”

  1. 1

    Simply Life — June 4, 2010 @ 11:32 am

    oh my gosh, those look amazing!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — June 4, 2010 @ 11:40 am

    These looks so great! I love coconut sooo much. I also have yet to find a great granola bar recipe. Trying!

  3. 3

    Anne Marie — June 4, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

    Looks awesome!

  4. 4

    Karly — June 4, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

    Sounds like some fun changes! I might have to try your version now. :)

  5. 5

    embraceyourskin — June 4, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

    I'm always looking for a great granola bar recipe! Thanks!

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    Kelsey — June 4, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

    i can see so many people heading to their kitchens right now to make these bad boys!! chocolate and coconut are NEEDED in granola bars! and these look quite thick and chewy as well which is my favorite :)

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    Magic of Spice — June 4, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

    These look wonderful:)

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    Cookin' Canuck — June 5, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

    I have been meaning to make granola bars for my family for ages. These look so chewy and flavorful.

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    Natalie — June 9, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

    I love homemade granola bars and haven't made them in awhile…even better, I have coconut oil that I wasn't sure what to do with. I'll be trying a variation of these soon–thanks for the great idea :)

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — June 10, 2010 @ 12:57 am

    These look great! I haven't made homemade granola bars in a while, but I think I might need to give them another try soon!

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    Kristen — June 11, 2010 @ 2:39 am

    Chewy granola bars are my favorite and these look amazing!

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    emac — February 12, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

    What can you use instead of coconut peanut butter?

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — February 18, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    emac – You could definitely use regular peanut butter, or any kind of nut butter.

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    Anonymous — March 15, 2011 @ 1:27 am

    Look great! But, what can u sub. for coconut oil and wheat germ?
    I was thinking butter and ground up wheat cereal?
    Thanks!

    -Meg

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — March 29, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    Meg – You could sub canola oil for the coconut oil, and possibly whole wheat flour for the wheat germ. I've read that wheat germ can replace flour in recipes at the same measurements, so I don't know why it wouldn't work in reverse :)

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    Shaylyn — April 19, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

    Loved these!! My favorite granola bar recipe so far! Thanks for sharing!

    • megan replied: — April 23rd, 2012 @ 9:10 am

      So glad you liked them! :)

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